NORTON, Mass. – A seven-run fourth inning handed No. 3 Babson a huge lead Saturday afternoon in the elimination game of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament, helping the Beavers take down top-seeded Wheaton College at Sidell Stadium.
With the win, the Beavers (31-6) advance to take on the loser of the No. 2 WPI/No. 4 MIT game on Sunday, May 5 at WPI. Wheaton sees its season come to an end with a 27-10 record.
After a scoreless first inning, the Beavers plated two runs in the second to take the games first lead. With two outs and runners at first and third, Thomas Lapham (3-for-6) singled to the gap at second allowing Edward Lehr (0-for-3) to score while moving Matthew Valente (4-for-6) to second. Brian McHale (3-for-5) followed with a single down the right field line that knocked in Valente.
Babson countered in the top of the third, earning two runs on two hits and a Wheaton error. Jake Oliger (2-for-3) started things with a single through the left side, before stealing second. The junior came around to score moments later on an Eric Jaun (3-for-6) double down the left field line. A Wheaton error allowed the final Beaver run to score later in the inning.
The Lyons once again tried to find an answer, this time countering with two runs in their half of the inning. Nick Raposo (1-for-5) knocked in the first run with a single to short that scored first-year Stephen Quigley (1-for-2). Jared Sharkey (1-for-5) picked up an RBI with the next Wheaton at-bat, singling to center, allowing Brody Ashley (2-for-5) to come home.
The game took a drastic swing in the top of the fourth with Babson plating seven runs on just five hits to take an 11-3 lead. McHale started the inning with a double to left, before moving to third on a single from Gill. A hit by pitch loaded the bases for the Beavers, setting up Oliger for an RBI sacrifice fly to right that plated McHale. Jaun followed with a triple to left center. Another hit by pitch put runners at the corners for Babson. Valente knocked in a run moments later with a single to right, which was promptly followed by a three-run home run from Nicholas Browne (4-for-5).
Babson tacked on another run in the sixth, taking a 12-3 lead. Wheaton earned four runs back in the bottom half of the inning starting with a bases-loaded single to left from Boyd. With the bases still juiced, the Beavers gave up a walk to Quigley, sending Salkind home. Facing a full count, Ashley singled to right, scoring Mulcahey.
Singles from Browne and Lapham in the seventh increased the Beavers lead to 14-7. Babson added a pair of runs in the top of the ninth with Browne and Lehr coming around to score on a double down the left line from Lapham.
Jordy Allerd picked up the win (6-0) for the Beavers after five complete innings that saw the sophomore give up seven runs on 10 hits while striking out two and walking three. Wheaton sophomore Paul Prue collected the loss (4-2) after giving up four runs in three innings of work.